The Mummy

ISBN: 0345369947
ISBN 13: 9780345369949
By: Anne Rice

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Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....

Reader's Thoughts

Julie Johnson

I picked this up at the library because I hadn't read it in twenty years and i was curious to read it again.That was the wrong thing to do. I read this as a teenager and maybe it had appealed to the romantic in me, but as a 41 year old, this book just started to annoy me! I did love the first part, in Egypt...and all the mystery and tension around the discovery etc.....but when you get to the romance and the part where the mummy is alive and well and living inLondon...well, I just couldn't take it anymore without rolling my eyes.This was al very fresh way back when but the premise of an immortal being and a love affair has been done to death a la Twilight...also, I couldn't get all those cheesy mummy movies with Brendan Fraser out of my head.So sorry, this was a no go for me. I had to put it down and take it back and move onto other books. I gave it two stars out of deference to my teenage self, who loved this book and of course the Vampire Lestat books...but that's really the only reason why.

Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs

The anti-vampire – I could not finish the book. I got about half-way through and I just couldn’t face slogging through any more of it.I know its me – Anne Rice is a wonderful writer, so many love her! But I can barely get through most of her works, and it’s usually a supreme act of will or sheer inertia.Oh well. Don’t burn this one, but if your taste are anything like mine don’t try it either.

Austin James

Anne Rice has a thing for immortality. In the Vampire Chronicles (of which I've read the first 3 books) she symbolically explores a detachment from God through her characters, a cast of vampires.In "The Mummy or Ramses the Damned" she also deals with immortality. However, this book isn't concerned with spirituality. Instead her characters are immortal because it allows her to explore the beauty of the past. Ramses II, Cleopatra, Mark Antony - These are all characters of history that go beyond legend. This book is Rice's own whimsical fantasy of how they would look at the modern world (or at least Edwardian period of early 20th Century Europe).I didn't hate the book. It's not her strongest piece of work I've read so far. Personally I like how her books deal with questions about god, life, and death. I think that's why I liked the Vampire Chronicles better. The other thing I didn't like about the book were the characters. Ramses is immortal and damned (he can never quench his thirst or hunger). But he didn't seem too upset about it. Most of the time he was fascinated with everything all around him. The other characters were just mediocre.Overall, I would give the book 6 out of 10 (10 being great).Originally reviewed on my blog at


I really like how "The Mummy" started out, and I had high hopes for it. Anne Rice is so good with suspense. The characters seemed full and precise, and I thought the plot was intriguing. However, as soon as the characters disembarked (and you'll know what I'm talking about if you read the book), the story falls on its face. The characters don't follow their established personalities, and the story turns into a circus on a merry-go-round. I've read worse, but I really expected better of this book.

Carrie Slager

I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice’s books, but The Mummy is my absolute favourite, no question about it. It has the perfect mix of tragedy, romance, history and emotion that Anne Rice pulls off so well, without any extra flab added to the story. Compared to her other novels, The Mummy is incredibly short, with my version only being 398 pages. Believe me, they read fast!Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and have been fascinated by Ramses the Great. I’m not necessarily an admirer of him, but he does play a significant role in history and did have an interesting life. Well, Anne Rice brings him to life in The Mummy and he is as charming, well-spoken and lecherous as one would expect. But he also has a soft side, which is what makes it so easy for Julie and readers to fall in love with him. Julie herself has a few too many modern sensibilities for the era, but she is an interesting character because she is so strong. She’s the perfect match for Ramses.Anne Rice showcases exactly what it is that makes people want to devote their entire lives to the study of Egyptology. If you haven’t fallen in love with Egypt by the time you finish The Mummy, you likely never will. I didn’t even catch any glaring historical inaccuracies. Sure, some things were changed around if you believe in the traditional Cleopatra story, but Anne Rice presents a compelling alternative that makes sense in the context of the story. Her vivid descriptions reveal the passion she has for ancient Egypt and that enthusiasm continues throughout the entire novel.Her later Vampire Chronicles works seemed to lack heart, but The Mummy certainly does not. It’s fresh, a fitting retelling of the very old, generally cliché shambling mummy coming back from the grave story. Of course it has fantastical elements, but I don’t think they’ll be overwhelming for people who don’t normally read fantasy. Anne Rice achieved perfect balance in The Mummy and it’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone.Warning: This is an Anne Rice book. Of course there are explicit sex scenes and gore that could be offensive to young or sensitive readers. I would personally not recommend The Mummy for anyone under 14, but everyone matures at different rates. Use your common sense when buying books.I give this book 5/5 stars.

Jeanne Drzewiecki

Can't remember how many times total I have read this book. By far my favorite of any of Anne Rice's novels. I am always on the lookout for copies of this book and purchased my original copy at a little store in the Garden District of NOLA and the wear and tear on the book is evident of my love of this book.


Awesome book! To read all at once! Have read a couple of times and still is a great read!


I really liked this story by Anne Rice. I wish she had written more of this style of book. Ramses the Great has come back to life, now he is cursed to live eternity and the only glimpse of happiness is his intriguing relationship with Julie Stratford.


This is the second time I have read this book, as the last time was years ago. The story is different then any mummy tale I have seen to date. It deals more so with immortality then raising the dead, and the emotional turmoil that accompanies being immortal. The Story moves quickly and the characters are very likeable. The reason I only gave the book four stars is because three quarters of the way through the book, I found the characters where not behaving quite like themselves and also because I find I'm left hanging at the end of the book. I feel robbed of the knowledge of what happens to certain characters like Alex? Elliot? I feel the book has been left open for a sequel but so far there has been non forthcoming. With Anne Rice I guess you just can't ever tell what she will do next. Crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.


I don't particularly like Ms. Rice's vampire storylines, so I was pleasantly surprised by the theme in this book, so completely removed from the vampiric realm, yet still firmly entrenched in the paranormal genre.I'm a big fan of mummies (from cartoons, movies, to books) and Ramses the Damned with his soulful blue eyes is no exception. I loved his story, the trials and tribulations he had to go through and I was rooting for him from the beginning...And was so very happy he got his just reward.A wonderful, gripping, intense, rather poetic, romantic, angsty, dramatic novel.

Michael Mallory

First, I'm a middle-aged guy who does not read bodice-rippers as a rule. Perhaps "ever" is a better word. But I happen to love mummy fiction, be it in the form of a movie or a book. That was what prompted me to dive into Anne Rice's "The Mummy," which, prior to "The Da Vinci Code," was the worst book I could not put down. Perhaps anticipating the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies that came along several years later, this Mummy is not a shriveled, bandaged, mute zombie hit man, stumping around and strangling anyone that has p.o.'d some guy in a Fez; he's a reconstituted, perfectly modern-looking, very verbose heartthrob who happens to be secretly a few thousand years old. And therein lies the rub, at least for me: what follows is a post-Edwardian romance novel with some of the most excruciating dialogue on record; Leslie Nielsen should have done the audio book. And yet, I kept turning the pages, in spite of myself. So if you, like me, prefer the likes of a prunefaced beswathed nightmare, dragging his foot behind him as he shambles his way to his next victim, then you may be disappointed in this reincarnation, even though the adventure aspect of the story holds interest. If, however, you're sick of dashing Byronic vampires and want to try a dashing Byronic mummy, who melts the heart of a panting, virginal heroine with a penchant for spouting lines that even Judi Dench couldn't sell, then this is the book for you. "Reader, I buried him!"


Una novela de género fantástico que combina aventuras, misterio, romance y detalles de terror, y que resultó una sorpresa agradable y totalmente inesperada. La gran renovadora del mito del vampiro revisita aquí la figura de la momia, con una historia que homenajea a las clásicas películas de terror de la Universal Pictures, pero que ofrece una visión nueva del mito. Aquí la momia no es un monstruo irracional y sin voluntad; al contrario el Ramsés redivivo de Anne Rice es un hombre de aspecto físico imponente ("regio", lo denomina la autora) con una personalidad magnética y un carisma irresistible. La emoción de la trama no procederá de él, sino de otro celebérrimo personaje de la historia egipcia: Cleopatra, que aquí encarnará a la villana, pero seguimos lejos de cualquier modo de la imagen que tenemos de la momia como monstruo, pues conservará su belleza y atractivo legendarios. La novela se divide en dos partes de extensión desigual. La primera, la más breve, se ambienta en Londres, y es la más pausada, presentando a los personajes e introduciendo la trama; mientras que la segunda, ambientada en Egipto, es la que contiene más escenas de acción, la que tiene un tono más de aventuras e incluso roza el terror en algunos pasajes. En este aspecto, la novela va de menos a más, ganando en ritmo y en emociones a medida que transcurre, hasta desembocar en un final trepidante y que supone un colofón magnífico para la historia.Tiene un componente romántico muy marcado, con escenas y lenguaje propios del erotismo "light", con todo tipo de eufemismos y términos "poéticos" para referirse a las partes del cuerpo y al acto sexual. Los argumentos románticos tendrán, de cualquier manera, mucho peso en el conjunto de la obra. "La momia" se puede entender tsmbién, por la figura de Ramsés inmortal por causa de un elixir -tal como está presentado y por la descripción de sus efectos y sus consecuencias- como una novela de Ciencia-Ficción primitiva, en la línea de "Frankenstein" o las obras de H.G. Wells, como "El hombre invisible", a lo cual colabora su ambientación en la era eduardiana, con un Egipto aún colonia británica y un Londres de preguerra. Es, en cualquier caso una lectura muy entretenida, e interesante por su planteamiento diferente al habitual, que ofrece mucho más de lo que promete de entrada, y que va ganando en consideración a medida que avanza la trama. Anne Rice logró de nuevo, con su momia, relanzar y renovar un mito, al igual que hizo con el vampiro en sus célebres "Crónicas Vampíricas". Podéis leer una reseña completa en mi blog KindleGarten:!


Before I rant, a little background: I’ve always enjoyed horror stories, in particular, vampire and mummy stories. As a young teen my favorite author was H.P. Lovecraft, and one of my most favorite horror stories was The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker which is a “mummy” story. Starting in 1984 I began reading what came to be known as “The Vampire Chronicles” by Anne Rice. The first book, Interview With the Vampire, was sensuous and atmospheric and rewrote traditional vampire mythology. Intrigued, I immediately moved to the second book, The Vampire Lestat, which was a natural continuation of the mythology, and then snapped up the third book, Queen of the Damned, as soon as it hit bookstore shelves in 1988. And that brings us to my thoughts about The Mummy. I read The Mummy while waiting for the next installment of the vampire books hoping to find Rice giving mummies the same unique treatment that she’d given to vampires. Nope. The Mummy read more like an outline of a book -- something she probably pitched to her editor and had published quickly to capitalize on the vampire books. The premise was compelling but the writing is purely awful. Sentence fragments and other bad grammar, cheesy melodramatic scenes, trite dialog, and a tendency to slip into the style of cheap pornography insulted not only my intelligence but my sensibilities throughout. Yeah, I read the whole thing hoping it would get better as the story unfolded. It didn’t.


Already being an Anne Rice fan I knew I would enjoy this book, but had no idea how much I would. She truly wrote a fascinating story that had me guessing throughout the book wondering what was going to happen. The time setting was fantastic and her descriptions of their surroundings really painted the picture of what was going on as I read the story. Half way through I really thought I had an idea of where things were going then Rice threw in a nice twist completely changing everything I thought was happening. It was not until the very last page that I figured out how it ends. She fortunately she left the book ending in a way that the story could continue, but she has yet to continue this wonderful story. I have read only a few of her stand-alone stories but this so far as been my favorite, placing it there up along most of her vampire stories. I would love to this one played out on the big screen, but better yet, a sequel to see what else lies ahead for Julie Stratford and the others who still have much left in their journey.

Madeline Knight-Dixon

I give you the book the movie The Mummy was SUPPOSED to be based off of. In the end they butchered the story so much Anne Rice wouldn’t put her name on it. Which is a shame, because this book is (if not better) sexier than the movie.A lot of reviews call it “vintage Anne Rice” and I couldn’t agree more. It gets back to the feel of Interview with the Vampire; darkly sexual with the most compelling plot. She’s seriously one of the best storytellers of all time.A mummy rises, he falls in love, and they journey to Egypt where he misuses his immortal elixer. Seems like it would be cheesy or at least silly. But nothing about this is like that-everything about this book makes sense. The way he rises, the way he acts, how long he’s lived, he’s relationship with Cleopatra, how he learns to operate the modern world. Every aspect of the story has a logical explanation laid out clearly within the story. (In my opinion there’s nothing worse than an author having to explain themselves after the book is published *coughStephenieMeyercough*)Just like all of Rice’s other works, Ramses is devastatingly perfect. The woman he falls in love with is fierce and intelligent without being cliche. There’s an older man that for some reason you are attracted to, despite his age. An adorable innocent young man for you to obsess over, and the quintessential bad boy that you can’t help but love. Add in a dangerous and alluring female villain and you’ve got one of the sexiest cast of characters I’ve ever read.The book is fairly long, but Rice is always a fast read. I’ve always found Anne Rice to be the perfect alternative to a “fluff” book because even though there’s elements of a romance novel, the plot is still the most important part of the story. It’s fast-paced and oh so fun.

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